Time zone
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World map with the time zone highlighted
UTC offset
UTC UTC+03:00
Current time
11:14, 2 August 2021 UTC+03:00 [refresh]
Central meridian
45 degrees E
Date-time group
UTC+03:00 – 2011: orange (DST Northern Hemisphere), yellow (all year round), light blue (sea areas)
Time in Russia
  KALT Kaliningrad Time UTC+2 (MSK−1)
  MSK Moscow Time UTC+3 (MSK±0)
  SAMT Samara Time UTC+4 (MSK+1)
  YEKT Yekaterinburg Time UTC+5 (MSK+2)
  OMST Omsk Time UTC+6 (MSK+3)
  KRAT Krasnoyarsk Time UTC+7 (MSK+4)
  IRKT Irkutsk Time UTC+8 (MSK+5)
  YAKT Yakutsk Time UTC+9 (MSK+6)
  VLAT Vladivostok Time UTC+10 (MSK+7)
  MAGT Magadan Time UTC+11 (MSK+8)
  PETT Kamchatka Time UTC+12 (MSK+9)
Time zones of Africa:
 -01:00  Cape Verde Time[a]
 ±00:00  Greenwich Mean Time
 +03:00  East Africa Time
a The islands of Cape Verde are to the west of the African mainland.
b Mauritius and the Seychelles are to the east and north-east of Madagascar respectively.

UTC+03:00 is an identifier for a time offset from UTC of +03:00. In areas using this time offset, the time is three hours later than the Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Following the ISO 8601 standard, a time with this offset would be written as, for example, 2019-02-08T23:36:06+03:00.

As standard time (all year round)

Principal cities: Moscow, Istanbul, Riyadh, Baghdad, Nairobi, Addis Ababa


Most of European Russia, including Moscow, St. Petersburg, Rostov-on-Don, Novaya Zemlya, Franz Josef Land. From October 26, 2014 Moscow and most other parts of European Russia started using UTC+03:00 again, all year around.[1] Also on September 7, 2016, Turkey started using UTC+03:00 all year round.[2][3] Besides the names mentioned above, the name 'Eastern Europe Forward Time' (EEFT) is sometimes used.



Arabia Standard Time, or AST (indicated by KSA on some Arabic TV stations), is used by some of the countries in the Middle East. As this time zone is predominantly in the equatorial region, there is no significant change in day length throughout the year, so daylight saving time is not observed. Between 1982 and 2007, Iraq observed Arabia Daylight Time (UTC+04:00) but the government abolished DST in March 2008.[13][14]

Arabia Standard Time is used by the following countries:

As daylight saving time (Northern Hemisphere summer only)

Principal cities: Kyiv, Bucharest, Athens, Jerusalem, Sofia


Middle East

Discrepancies between official UTC+03:00 and geographical UTC+03:00

Areas located in UTC+03:00 longitudes using other time zones

Using UTC+04:00

Caucasus region:

Russia, with parts of its territories:

  • Astrakhan, Samara, Saratov and Ulyanovsk (with an exception of the very east)
  • Western half of the of Udmurtia

United Arab Emirates


French Southern and Antarctic Lands

Using UTC+03:30 and DST UTC+04:30


  • The western part, including Tehran

Using UTC+02:00

Ukraine (standard time)

  • The easternmost part, including Luhansk

Syria (standard time)

  • The eastern part, including Manbij

Jordan (standard time)


  • The very easternmost part in the country


Areas located outside UTC+03:00 longitudes using UTC+03:00 time


  • The very east of Severny Island with 69°2' E as the easternmost point


Saudi Arabia





  • The western part, including nation's capital Nairobi


Saudi Arabia

  • The very northwest part, including Tabuk


  • Most parts of the country, including Istanbul and nation's capital Ankara


  • Part of Donetsk and Luhansk regions